The Natural Order of Things: What Would You Do?

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At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he posed a question: ‘When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is […]

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Benefits to Participating in Sports

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Participating in sports can teach many lessons to children. Both team and individual sports offer their unique benefits. Children either learn to be a part of a team or they learn to stand on their own during a competition. Sports are also another way for children to work on their social skills. Sports help children […]

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A High Intensity Sport May Suit Your Child’s Needs

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Sports can be a wonderful experience for kids. In addition to the obvious physical exercise, there are many benefits. Children learn responsibility and commitment, while having  fun. They can also develop teamwork and leadership skills. Physical activity can help alleviate stress, something many of our children need. Selecting an appropriate sport for children with “invisible” […]

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Adapting PE for Children with Special Needs

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I have a child with special needs. The term “special needs” includes conditions of many different types and severities so we have to follow up in our conversations with lots of explanations…my six year old has Down Syndrome and is still non-verbal.  Now you have a better picture of my situation. So, when asked to […]

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Dear Coach – Please Understand

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Dear Coach, I had a great soccer game the other day. I had a lot of saves as goalie and I was a really strong defender and protected the goalie with many great blocks. We played 6 periods, 10 minutes each. Somewhere around period 5, the other team scored while I was defending. I was […]

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Sports, Coaches, and Kids with ADHD and Other Challenges

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For some children, extracurricular activities can be more stressful than school.  While most kids are out there joining teams and having a good time, some children are struggling to fit in and find their comfort zone.  Children who have ADHD and other special needs often find that learning the skills of the sport are only […]

Middle School with an ASD – Strive to Thrive or (at least) Survive

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Middle school years are full of challenges. Adding Autism Spectrum Disorder to the mix might just create a recipe for disaster. Many adults with ASD say that middle school was a nightmare. Temple Grandin adds that this was one of the worst parts of her life. Helping your ASD Teen Thrive Without getting into the […]

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